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VERDICT  OX  IN
It is worth noting that on no occasion have the Congress pub-
licity mongers sunk so low. in perfidy and misrepresentation, as
when they are dealing with the States.   A single example, out of
a, thousand, will suffice to illustrate this pomt.    One of the most
widely circulated of all Congress publications is a booklet entitled
' fifty Facts about India/1   It purports to be a reply to a booklet
of the same name published by the British Information Services
in America, and it bears the sub-title 'Political and Economic Hell
in India/    As an example of barefaced King it has never been
matched, nor even approached, by Dr. Goebbels.  It bristles with
statements like, "A speaker in Hindustani can go anywhere iu
India and make himself understood/ which is about as accurate
as the assertion that Japanese is completely comprehensible to all
Irishmen.  However, it is with its comments on the States that we
are here concerned.    In spite of the fact that Mysore is the most
economically advanced area in the whole country, that Travan-
core. Cochin and Baroda show the highest standard of literacy,
that Hyderabad is making great strides in education and in-
dustrial development, and that in many other States there are
signs of progress which are unknown in Congress-dominated India,
it lumps them together as w sinks of reaction and incompetence and
unrestrained autocratic power exercised by vicious and degraded
individuals/   That there have been vicious and degraded princes
is true ; and that the British Government has alwaj's exercised its
right ta depose them, when their depravity or inefficiency was
established, is equally true.  Such a one was the Prince of Alwar ;
to find his equal in sheer cruelty and beastliness would be difficult,
for he could have given lessons to Xero and the Marquis de Sade.
One Indian woman, who, to her cost, had known him well, told
me of the horror with which she had seen him beat a polo pony
to death after a match in which he had not distinguished himself.
And the description of this monster, in 'Fifty Facts About India' ?
Here it is:
*The Prince of Alwar was deposed because he was a patriotic
Indian*
The statement is beyond comment.
* Hamara Hindustan Publications, Bombay.